When it comes to entertaining friends, we save the soup to nuts dinner parties for the colder months.  Summer is all about lighter fare, freer table settings and a more relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re a raw foodie year round or just like to dabble when the temperatures rise and appetites shrink, these two recipes from Natalia Rose are perfect for a little light entertaining!

Both recipes, from Natalia’s most popular books Raw Food Life Force Energy and The Raw Food Detox Diet, are perfect as a quick menu for a night in with girlfriends or as dishes to add in to any healthy get-together. Get details below to win a copy of Raw Food Life Force Energy for yourself!

Suddenly St. Tropez Salad
Recipe from Raw Food Life Force Energy. Simple to make, delectable to eat and easy to serve!


1/4 to 1/2 lbs mesclun or baby romaine lettuce
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium beet, peeled and finely julienned into spaghetti-like strips
3 oz Alta Dena raw cheddar-style goat cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
NuNaturals stevia to taste
1 Tbsp diced sweet onion, optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, optional
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or chives, optional


Toss all of the ingredients together in a large salad bowl and serve!

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe from The Raw Food Detox Diet. Ice cream that isn’t ice cream at all. If you’ve never tried raw, vegan ice cream before, make this the summer you do!


3 bananas
3 Tbsp pure cocoa powder (I recommend Green & Black and Shiloh Farms)
2 Tbsp organic raw unsalted tahini
NuNaturals stevia to taste
6 organic dates, pitted, optional
3–4 cups ice cubes, about 14 cubes


Place the bananas, cocoa powder, tahini, stevia, dates, and 1/4 of the ice in a K-Tec blender, or other high-powered blender. Slowly add the remaining ice cubes, as long as the mixture is flowing and blending well. You may have to run it two or three times to use up most of the ice. You don’t have to use all the ice, just use enough to make the mixture thick. You may also wish to use a little coconut water to facilitate blending.  Makes about 4 cups.

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Natalia’s Raw Food Life Force Energy!  Leave your comments below and, if you’re not signed up already, register for our weekly Newsletter! Winning reader must comment and register to win. Good luck!

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  1. Yummy new recipes are my favorite…and 2 – even better…thank you! 🙂

    Mackenzi | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  2. I have made a version of the raw ice creams with banana base but never tried if with the dates, tahini and ice! interested to try that variation!

    Elizabeth | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  3. Both of these recipes look great! I’ve always wanted to try a raw diet.

    Robin | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  4. swoon! how perfect 🙂

    cristina | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  5. I am definitely looking forward to trying both of these recipes! Thank you for posting them! Happy summer 🙂

    Seanna | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  6. Awesome, would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Piia P | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  7. Is this difficult to start?

    Judy | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  8. These recipes look delicious and so healthy! Perfect for summer!

    Donna F. | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  9. I love the idea of the raw chocolate ice cream and would love to explore more of these recipes!

    Adele | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  10. I love new recipes for raw ice cream! Thank you again for always bringing us such fabulous, inspirational and innovative experts in their field. I’m making the ice cream with coconut milk ice cubes right now!

    tazan | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  11. Trying this raw ice cream stat!

    Kelly | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  12. Great recipes! Can’t wait to test them out! The raw ice cream looks delicious!

    Kasey | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  13. I’m new to raw eating, so these recipes look like a delicious way to eat healthier. Can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing!

    Mary | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  14. I’ve never heard of using tahini in ice cream before, very excited to try this out! It should be much lighter than some of the nut based versions I’ve made.

    Jennifer | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  15. I love Natalia’s books – I keep re renting them from the library! Very excited to try the ice-cream! Looks yummy 🙂

    Jennifer P | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  16. I wasn’t quite sure about the dates or tahini for the raw chocolate ice cream but I have to say it’s quite delish! I’m a new fan and look forward to incorporating more raw food recipes into my daily living!!! I’d like to greatly reduce the amount of meat I eat to 0-10%. With these recipes I’m sure that will happen sooner rather than later. Thank You Natalia Rose!!

    Donna Thornton | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  17. wowza, going to be making that ‘ice cream’ tonight- really intrigued as to how it will taste with the tahini in!!
    thanks for this article chalkboard!!

    Lucy S | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  18. These sound delicious, I never thought of adding tahini to ice cream!

    Laura S | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  19. Love it! I recently went to a raw vegan pop-up dinner in Venice and was amazed by all the wonderful flavors and textures (and just how easy the preparation process was!). I will definitely look for this book to try out some of these recipes.

    sheena | 07.30.2013 | Reply
  20. I absolutely love the banana ice cream with the chocolate, dates and tahini combo! I make my chocolate banana ice cream then add the dates at the end so they get cut up into chunks but aren’t thoroughly blended. Then I top the ice cream with tahini and a touch of sea salt…divine!

    Jamie | 07.31.2013 | Reply
  21. I’ve just started to incorporate more raw meals into my diet. That ice cream looks fantastic!

    Robin | 07.31.2013 | Reply
  22. I have read that book, and if I recall correctly, the ice cream is miscombined! Since bananas are either a starch or fresh fruit, and dates and tahini are a dried fruit/nut/seed.
    I never was able to commit to food combining.

    sugar | 08.01.2013 | Reply
  23. I’m definitely making that salad this weekend with veggies from the garden! Sounds delicious!

    Katherine | 08.02.2013 | Reply
  24. Thanks for the summer recipes! I will definitely try both. I never even thought to add tahini to my raw ice cream recipes. I’m definitely intrigued. Would love to add this book to my kitchen to find more recipes like this!

    Lindsey | 08.02.2013 | Reply
  25. LOVE raw ice cream! That recipe would be great with some coconut flakes sprinkled on top!

    Zita | 08.02.2013 | Reply
  26. I can’t wait to try the ice cream recipe…who needs Dairy Queen when Natalia is giving me a superior alternative!!

  27. Mmm! The ice cream sounds so delicious! Wish I had some this moment! The giveaway might be over, but I’m registering anyway. 🙂

    Sarah | 08.04.2013 | Reply
  28. If I am not to late please enter my name into the drawing , thanks for the chance 🙂

    Alicia | 08.05.2013 | Reply

    The Chalkboard | 08.13.2013 | Reply
  30. Great recipe! THanks.

  31. I have never thought of putting all that together. I’ve only made a banana ice cream with…well…just bananas. But this sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    Lisa | 01.01.2014 | Reply
  32. Can’t wait to try these out! Especially the chocolate ice cream! Thanks for the recipes.

    Susan | 06.16.2014 | Reply
  33. I just found your site n can’t wait to view it even more. Love the chocolate ice cream!

    victoria | 03.25.2015 | Reply

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